An­nual bike fest is wheelie great

The Oban Times - - Sport -

THE West High­land Wheel­ers (WHW) have held their an­nual bike fes­ti­val which aims to pro­vide a fun se­ries of events to en­cour­age peo­ple, both young and old, to get out cy­cling.

The week started off with a mini down­hill race, a qual­i­fier for the Na­tional Mini Down­hill which is held dur­ing world cup weekend.

The group had more than 70 riders at the event from all over Scot­land.

The fol­low­ing WHW ju­niors qual­i­fied for the fi­nal: Alas­tair Poll (U16), Hamish MacKay (U14), Nina Cameron (U12), Cory Muir (U12), Daniel Parfitt (U12), Kyler Macleod (U10) and Archie Fer­gu­son (U10).

It was also the last of the wheel­ers’ win­ter league races. A good num­ber of ju­niors took part and the last race was won by Dun­can O Rourke, with Cory Muir in sec­ond place and Sor­ley Swabey in third.

The ‘wee ones’ race was won by Ai­den Bal­trunas, with Jes­sica Bam­ber in sec­ond place. The older ju­nior re­sults were: 1 Alas­dair Poll, 2 Shaun Macleod, 3 Fin­lay Demp­ster.

And the adults’ race was won by Gary Mac­Don­ald with Ruaraidh Wells in sec­ond and Neil Wright in third. The first woman home was Gill Barnes.

Last Mon­day night WHW held a fun night for the ju­niors at Ne­vis Range. Twenty chil­dren en­joyed a great evening bik­ing on some re­ally dry trails.

The club also held a street race in In­ver­lochy, where 17 ju­niors raced around a fiendish lap right through the mid­dle of In­ver­lochy. The ju­nior race was won by Hamish MacKay.

Six­teen adults also took part and this race which was won by Liam Hut­son. The races were fol­lowed by a bar­be­cue. Two road races were also or­gan­ised dur­ing the week – one at Loch Leven and one at Loch Crearan - with mostly adults par­tic­i­pat­ing in these. Both of these races were won by Don­ald Pater­son.

To­wards the end of the week a group of adults and young­sters en­joyed another fun night at Ne­vis Range. They rode some chal­leng­ing trails in­clud­ing go­ing down the Blue crane and over the newly re­built ‘ Emmy’s Bridge’. This was fol­lowed by a so­cial gath­er­ing in the Pine Marten café.

A spokesper­son for WHW said: ‘We fin­ished the week off with ju­nior bike club at Glen­coe Lochan. The ju­nior bike club is now run­ning un­til the sum­mer break (on a Satur­day morn­ing at Ne­vis Range). We cur­rently have more than 40 riders. To come along, please first email the club wh­wkid­’

Abright­side Photography.

West High­land Wheel­ers’ fes­ti­val was a suc­cess.

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